The Just Church Becoming a Risk-Taking, Justice-Seeking, Disciple-Making Congregation
By Jim Martin (Tyndale, 2012)
The Facts: As a former pastor and current vice president of church mobilization with International Justice Mission, Jim Martin seeks to enlist American churches in the fight for social justice and human rights, particularly in the Majority World. He argues that risk-taking is essential to Christian discipleship and mission. Martin combines biblical exposition and first-hand stories of the fight against poverty, sexual abuse, and human trafficking to push timid churches toward making courageous sacrifices.
The Slant: Many pastors long to serve the underprivileged of the world but few have the necessary knowledge or tools. This book shines in its second half, where it features practical guidance for pastors to start their own justice ministries. Martin includes a skills survey for potential justice ministry volunteers and accounts of churches successfully engaged in the strategy he recommends. Because he focuses on his own social justice arena—international human rights advocacy—Martin tends to minimize the trials faced by pastors locally, but he never loses sight of the broader biblical mandate to serve the poor and oppressed, wherever they may be.—Kyle Rohane
The Journey of Ministry Insights from a Life of Practice
By Eddie Gibbs (IVP, 2012)
The Facts: Reflecting on a lifetime of ministry, Eddie Gibbs harvests spiritual insight from his experiences as a world-traveling evangelist, patriarch of a multicultural family, and witness to wartime struggles and peace. He pulls from the Bible and over 50 years of pastoral ministry to explore diverse themes such as building teams, facing obstacles, and ...